HealthTech Accelerator Vertical Steps Beyond Finnish Borders

    Nine startups from six countries start on Tuesday a four-month programme at Finnish healthtech accelerator Vertical.

    In the Vertical’s first batch a vast majority of the teams were Finnish, but for the Spring programme 116 foreign startups applied and five were chosen.

    Vertical office space for teams in Otaniemi area, next to Aalto University

    “Finland is now really a hot place for healthtech startups,” Kenneth Salonius, head of operations at Vertical, said in a statement.

    “Foreign startups are seeking to benefit from high level of technology know how in Finland and they want to tap into globally known health industry,” Salonius said.

    In addition to Finnish teams Klinik, Near Real, Newolo and QRID, Italian startup, Polish Kcalmar, Latvian Smart Textiles, German Yuscale and HongKong-China team Optus will start the accelerator programme.

    Several of the teams are working on remote care solutions and different marketplaces for the healthcare industry, enabling Smart Textiles, with its smart fabrics, and YuScale with its nutrition data solutions to stand out in the crowd.

    Team picture of the first batch